Structural change pack ice moving again


Aberdeen chairman Dave Cormack gave us a glimpse into the finances of practically every club in Europe by explaining the financial predicament his club finds itself in.  They expected £1m in match day income between now and the end of the season, as well as £5m season ticket money by June, summer merchandising income and hospitality income.  Instead, they have practically zero income stretching out for an indeterminate number of months – quite possibly until August or September.

Monthly outgoings at Aberdeen are £1.2m, this month’s costs will consume nearly all the £1.5m they had in the bank at the start of the month.  How they, and others, meet payroll April, May and June, is a challenge for the industry.  Few clubs are as well run as Aberdeen, most will be in more serious peril.

This is not just a Scottish phenomenon; it will play out across Europe.  The Championship in England is particularly vulnerable. Around the time of the collapse of ITV Digital, Brian Quinn spoke of the pack ice of European football-broadcasting homogeny showing signs of a break up.  That financial crisis in English football passed when the Premier League stepped in to salve any sores.

It remains to be seen what, if any, issues afflict the Premier League.  Ticket and merchandising sales are almost irrelevant to the business model in England’s’ top tier. There, it is all about the domestic and international TV deals.  It cannot be emphasised enough, Premier League TV deals are absolutely critical to the entire pyramid of English football.  If the contracted number of games broadcast for this season or next cannot be fulfilled, the drop in income would have serious consequences.

You and I have been debating structural change in football for too long to get excited about any of this.  There is a better chance of things changing now than at any point in the last 18 years, but whatever change takes place will not necessarily involve Celtic. Still, we can ponder….

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  1. fairhill bhoy on

    DAVID66-I’m self employed so I will probably wait a bit longer.


    Thanks for the info,hopefully no longer than April,but to be fair that’s going to be some doing.

  2. !!Bada Bing!! on

    FAIRHILL BHOY on 24TH MARCH 2020 7:31 PM


    BADA-would they not be entitled to 80% wages



    Wouldn’t trust him as far as I could throw him….

  3. Through A Green Glass Brightly on

    Canamalar – sorry to hear about your dad’s passing, may perpetual light shine upon him.

  4. Hot Smoked


    It’s like the old question ( modified)


    If you were accused of being a Celtic supporter would there be enough evidence to convict you?

  5. fairhill bhoy on

    Watching bt sports us v juve.some times you forget how good that squad of players were

  6. fairhill bhoy on

    Let’s you see that some of our players wurnie as good as we thought they wur 😉

  7. 20 years of european mediocrity.



    then that night.



    one of my favourite celtic nights with youngest brother.



    the scoreboard at one point



    celtic 4 juv


    entus 2

  8. fairhill bhoy on

    SS-We have many great nights,one of mine was the Lyon game.The other was a few years ago

  9. Alasdair MacLean on

    Started off going to write a lot of stuff and then changed my mind.



    Just want to say that this site came into my life in Ocober 2006. (Details on request if anyone is interested.)


    I first posted at end May / early June 2008.


    One of the first people to welcome me was OldTim. …67.



    Just made the effort to post this because of the trying times… and to let everyone here know that although I’m not posting, doesn’t mean i’m not thinking of the guys / posters who kept me company through these years.



    Rant over.

  10. fairhill bhoy on

    ALASDAIR MACLEAN-I do that a lot.


    The first person to answer me was Park Road 67

  11. !!Bada Bing!! on

    Pep Guardiola has donated €1 million euros to a foundation in Barcelona to fight coronavirus. The Spaniard has also donated beds and ventilators to hospitals

  12. !!Bada Bing!! on

    Borussia Dortmund players & bosses will forego €10m in salaries to help its 850 employees & their families effected by the COVID-19 pandemic. (Kicker via @Ballzirkulation)

  13. No Buckie







    No Greggs







    No bookies







    No fitba







    No pubs







    Light a candle for Glasgow






    Life expectancy will probably go up? Also..less stress will be put on the NHS/Police due to alcoholism and eating high fat crap .. will let the NHS concentrate most of its efforts on fighting that wee bug that’s going aboot..



    Nae wee wee wifeys getting beat up because their husbands blew his money in the bookies ..



    Footballs, all that should be missed 👍

  14. Melbourne Mick on

    Hello again all you young rebels.



    Good morning from a very quiet Melbourne suburbs.


    Day 6 of lockdown and the list of.. to do.. jobs diminishing


    All our young dudes are competing against one another


    at the bog roll keepy uppy challenge and posting vids.


    No smashed feet yet ( POG ) but my legs are aching from


    yesterdays exertions lol.


    Great to hear from some posters who were off the radar


    for a wee whiley welcome back and can you beat aul Micks


    15 at bog roll challenge ?


    H.H . Mick

  15. PARK ROAD 67-all good mate,I’ve been told I can’t work,but my wife is nhs,so she up early tomorrow.She says I’ve to iron and do washings 😉Eh


    Hope you and your family good to mate.


    Stay home and stay safe💚

  16. Melbourne Mick on




    God bless your good lady and all those other health workers




    H.H . Mick

  17. S.o.T


    I hope and pray it the sad peak declines now.


    I wish you well.



    Big Jimmy


    Please do not go out.i know you may feel need but you are highly vulnerable with your recent medical history.said with care.



    Borussia Dortmund players stand up


    A great rebalance in these times.


    Hope is good.


    There will be a lot of balancing the hyper wages culture is meaningless today.



    Thanks for being here


    Stay together,patience,space and communi ate


    Stay in






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